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3 Reasons Why This is the Summer You Finally Go Whale Watching

July 30, 2019

The sun is shining here in Western Canada as we celebrate the start of another all-too-brief summer. Most of the country takes its sweet time getting to this point, and the long days only last so long, so let’s focus on what we do have instead of what we don’t: the opportunity for adventure!

One of the most incredible adventures you can have here on the west coast is whale watching. It’s hard to believe that orca whales, humpbacks, grey whales, minke whales, and several species of dolphins live right here in our backyard. That is until you see them up close and personal with your own eyes of course.

So this is the summer you head over to Victoria, BC to embark on your first whale watching adventure, and here are four reasons why.

1. Picture Perfect Memories

Every Orca Spirit naturalist has a detailed memory of the first time they saw a whale in the wild. There was a story about an adolescent orca playing with a bead of sea kelp, a large female investigating the side of a small boat with her nose with a calf close behind, or my own personal favourite, the story about the group of orca calves jumping over one another and their parents in the process for nothing else besides the sheer joy of it. That’s also my favourite because it’s mine. No matter what you see the first time, whether it’s an orca, a humpback whale, or something else entirely, you’ll surely never forget it.

2. Deeper Understanding

One of the common side effects of whale watching tours is the deeper understanding curious onlookers receive as a result of their experience. Watching whales up close in the wild, you can witness their individual characteristics firsthand – their intelligence, their familial bonds, a curiosity to match your own. Animals in the wild become so much more than wild animals when you see them going about their typical routines. The experience not only offers understanding, but compassion, curiosity, and in some cases (like mine), a passion to work in the field.

3. Expecting the Unexpected

Perhaps the strongest attraction to whale watching is the knowledge that something unexpected is going to happen. With wild animals in their own habitat a unique experience is all but guaranteed. An orca whale could break the surface of the water a few feet away without you even realizing it was there, a small pod of humpbacks could veer off course to inspect your cruiser, or you could learn some foul new language from the Sea Lion residents of the Race Rocks lighthouse. No matter what happens, it will be an adventure the likes of which none other has experienced before. Why? Because it’s yours!

Ready for adventure?

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